This trip will take you deep into one of eastern Europe’s most stunning range: the Rila mountains and its Skakavitza valley.
There are several different options you can choose from on this trip. The various ice formations fall into an array of different difficulty levels, from WI 2 to WI 6. There is also a variety of terrains as well, including columns, cascades and multi-pitch climbs going as high as 100 meters. Thus making this trip perfect for people of all climbing levels, beginners and experts alike.
– Beginners may choose to follow a strict learning line on the basics of movement in ice climbing – crampons and ice axe placements, body positions; usage of ice screws; abseiling technics & abalakov. Building an anchor, understanding the ice and the conditions that form it etc.
– Experts may choose to polish their skills during the demanding climbs in the valley.
The whole structure of the trip will revolve around your personal desires – whether you prefer some nice days out climbing or a more organized and methodical approach in improving your technical and climbing skills.
Dependent on the ice, snow and meteorological conditions in the valley, as well as the fitness & technical level of the group.
All items marked with * can be rented from the guide.
– Hard boots compatible with semi-automatic/automatic crampons
– Semi-automatic or automatic crampons*
– Technical ice axes & secure leashes*
– Climbing harness*
– Climbing helmet*
– 2 carabiners; belay sling; belay device*
– Ski goggles or glasses*
– 30l backpack
– Warm jacket
– Hardshell jacket and pants
– Thermal base layer for upper body and legs
– 3 pairs of gloves / technical 5 fingers; warmer 5 fingers; Mittens/
– Sunscreen & lip protection
– Personal items /prescription medicine; contact lenses; blister kit; maintenance equipment etc./
– Spare socks; underwear
– Light sleeping bag liner
– Ear plugs
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment as the outdoor activities are strongly dependent of constantly shifting meteorological conditions.
All the programs of Vertical Vector are led by IFMGA mountain guides with severe experience in the fields of skiing, climbing & mountaineering.
The group will be hosted in Skakavitza hut – a truly old, actually the oldest hut in Bulgaria, with rich history, located in a beautiful setting and less than an hour from the furthest waterfall in the valley.
The meeting point for all bulgarian participants is at the hut in the evening prior the start of the program. All foreign participants will be taken from the airport of Sofia (2 hours drive to the hut) by our mountain guide.